Middle East Studies

Mellon Sawyer Seminar on Displacement | Concepts of Displacement

Friday, September 30, 2016

2:00pm – 7:00pm

Pembroke Hall 305, 172 Meeting Street Providence, RI 02912 United States

A common thread of the Mellon Sawyer seminar is displacement as formative of power relations of inclusion and exclusion that have shaped global histories and had long term effects on multiple environments and forms of subjectivity.

The seminar’s first event headed by Adi Ophir and Beshara Doumani and co-sponsored and organized by the Cogut Center for the Humanities will address and question a cluster of key concepts that may help – or obstruct – our thinking about this set of large scale phenomena. Each presentation will be dedicated to a single concept, which would serve as lens for questioning ways through which aspects of displacement (including “displacement” itself) are put into discourse. By focusing on key concepts we hope to generate a shared lexicon, identify areas of fruitful dispute and push some epistemic boundaries.

This series is funded by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

2:00 – 2:15pm Welcome

2:15 – 2:30pm Opening Remarks - Beshara Doumani

2:30-4:30 p.m. first panel

Barrymore Bogues: Human

Vazira Zamindar: War

Leela Gandhi: Social Contract

Leah Vanwey: Mobility

4:30-5:00 p.m. Coffee Break

5:00-7:00 p.m. Second Pane

Rebecca Nedostup: Emplacement

Vikramaditya Thakur: Resettlement.

Tamara Chin: Contact

Beshara Doumani : Replacement

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